The Quizzing Society of NCU, ‘Minerva’ organized their first event ‘Meet the Quizzards’ on 12 Sept 2018. There were 65 teams comprising of 130 students which participated in the preliminary round on subjects such as current affairs, general knowledge, science, technology, film, and music. After the prelims, based on their scores, the top 10 teams went on to the finals. In the finals, after three rounds of quizzing the winners were: 1st Prize: Rajan Sharma (CSE), 2nd Prize: Geetanjali Sachdev and Rishabh (CSE), 3rd Prize: Tie between CSE students Ritika Kalra, Prerna Kathuria and Ayush Bhardwaj, Ashish Gandhi. Participation certificates and gifts were given to students to motivate them. The event was coordinated by Dr Anshu Malhotra and Prof. Kalika Srivastava.
PhD scholar Ms Niragi Kalpesh Dave, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering defended her thesis titled ‘Physical, mechanical and micro-structural behaviour of quaternary binders, motors and concrete mixes’ under the guidance of Dr Anil Kumar Misra and Dr Amit Srivastava was held on 15 Sept 2018. The research work is very relevant in the present scenario as it solves the scarcity of good construction material by using industrial by-products like fly ash, granulated blast furnace slag, silica fume, metakaolin and lime powder. The suggested quaternary binder and concrete will not only meet the huge demand for construction work but will also reduce the environmental pollution due to manufacturing of cement. This is certainly a way forward for the sustainable development of the society. Four publications have been derived from her research work in Web of Science/Scopus indexed journals.
Ms Niragi Kalpesh Dave is the fourth doctoral student of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, NCU, to defend her research work.
The Inter-Departmental Volleyball Tournament 2018-19 were held from 11-14 Sept 2018. The SOL Boys team comprising of Dheeraj Sharma Rohit, Himanshu, Arvind, Gaurav, Mohit18llb070, Mayank, Rajat, Avtar, Anannay Chopra, Rohit Bansal and Ansh were declared the Winners while the CSE team was the Runners-up.
The BTech Girls team comprising of Rajyashree Chaturwedi, Purna Rustagy, Shubhashree Dash, Rupali Sharma, Ritika Rao, Vibhuti Dahiya, Dept of CSE&IT; Shweta Dinit, Neelam, Dept of EECE, were declared the Winners while the SOL team was the Runners-up
The Dept of CSE&IT organized a workshop for all engineering students of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Years, faculties and scholars in the area of Machine Learning (ML) which was conducted by Mr Prateek Narang, Co-founder Coding Blocks, New Delhi, on 6 Sept 2018. The workshop included different machine learning approaches for classification, clustering, regression and forecasting using Python programming platform.
The students learned about various real time applications of different ML approaches and performed practical implementation on sample datasets. The workshop was coordinated by Dr Jyoti Sahni, Associate Professor.
An Orientation-cum-Felicitation ceremony was organized by NSS at NCU on 29 Aug 2018. 1st Year students were informed about the importance of NSS and its activities. Achievements such as blood donation, education drive, cleanliness drive, team building event, women safety and empowerment were showcased. through a video presentation. The newly inducted members of the NSS were cognized about its moto, vision and its functioning.
Volunteers were introduced to their respected domains and were informed about their roles and responsibilities in the NSS. They were apprised about the upcoming event ‘Education Drive’ and were asked to give their suggestions for it. Dr Jyotsna Singh, Dy Dean, Student Affairs & Programme Coordinator, NSS, welcomed the new volunteers and enlightened them about the importance of NSS in their careers and introduced the volunteers to the office bearers of NSS, for the year ahead.
To provide relief to those affected by the floods in Kerala, NSS raised awareness about the calamity among people on the campus and in the neighbourhood and organized a collection drive of monetary and material funds for them. Counters were set up in busy areas of the campus to collect money and materials especially at the cafeteria, NCU. A list of materials required was prepared and people were encouraged to contribute the same. Monetary aid was accepted in the form of hard cash or through Paytm. Nearby areas such as the markets were visited and the NSS team motivated the shopkeepers and residents to contribute and help in providing flood relief. The total amount of voluntary donation collected by NSS was Rs 29,800 which was sent to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, online, on 4 Sept 2018. The event was coordinated by Dr Jyotsna Singh, Programme coordinator, NSS.
Departments of CSE&IT and EECE organize an Alumni Meet on 1 Sept 2018 in which 70 alumni graced the occasion. The event was inaugurated by the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries and Alumnni Mr Adish and Mr Archit (Class of 2000). Vice-Chancellor, Prof. HB Raghavendra motivated the alumni to stay connected with the University to build a stronger campus to corporate connection.
Anisha, BTech, 3rd Year gave a scintillating Odissi dance performance. An audio-visual game was organized in which all alumni participated with zeal and enthusiasm. Ms Jyotika Pruthi, Assistant Professor, Dept of CSE and Ms Amanpreet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Dept of EECE gave a presentation on the achievements of their respective departments focusing on some projects developed by students for the betterment of the society. The alumni shared their experiences in and after NCU. The event concluded on a happy note with the giving of mementos to our alumni by Prof. HB Raghavendra and vote of thanks by Dr Rita Chhikara which was followed by a group photograph and lunch. The event was coordinated by the Alumni Team comprising of Dr Rita Chhikara, Dr Yogita Gigras, Ms Garima Sharma and Mr Vijay Budakoti, Dept of CSE, Ms Amanpreet Kaur, Dept of EECE and Mr Shakeel, SPA.
A workshop on ‘Role of Mathematics and Science in Civil Engineering’ was organized by the Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering for BTech and MTech, CEE students on 7 Sept 2018. The workshop was conducted by Dr PV Dilip Kumar, Assistant Professor, Mahindra Ecole Centrale, Hyderabad, and his research scholars, Mr Ajay Sreerama and Mr Bharat.
This interactive workshop enlightened and motivated the students on connecting Civil Engineering with basics of Mathematics and Science and through practical applications they understood the role of Mathematics and Science in Civil Engineering. In the last session students were divided in groups and activity was given to them where they calculated gravitational force acting on a body. Students enjoyed the session and overall workshop was fruitful for students and faculty. The event was coordinated by Dr Archanaa Dongre, Head, Dept of CEE.
Enthusiasm and festivity marked the Teacher’s Day celebrations in the University on 5 September 2018. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. HB Raghavendra, lauding the teaching fraternity for having chosen this noble profession welcomed them to the celebrations. He shared his experiences of his college days and how his teachers influenced him.
On the occasion, the Guest of Honour, Dr C V Baxi, Former Director, MDI, Gurugram, was welcomed and honoured with a shawl. Dr Baxi is symbolic of a good teacher who has spent his entire life in academics and dedicated it to the cause of students. Prof. CV Baxi, in his address mentioned that he was overwhelmed by the Teacher’s Day celebrations at NCU. He encouraged students and faculty to use books and libraries and not just rely on laptops, mobiles and the internet to gain knowledge. He spoke about the importance of lifelong learning and said that he is still learning.
The University paid homage to Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan and remembered his contributions to the society. A special tribute was given by the students to the NCU faculty through a cultural programme comprising of classical and contemporary dances, songs and skits.
Faculty members also gave an amazing dance performance which was highly appreciated. To commemorate Teacher’s Day, two special ‘Wall of Fame’ were put up with messages from students to capture their feelings for their teachers – ‘Straight from the Heart!’ The programme concluded with refreshments and gifting of saplings to all.
The Mathemactive Society of NCU organized a multi-round aptitude-cum-math quiz named ‘THE MATHSTER’ for 1st Year students (all branches) on 28th Aug 2018. The event was a multilevel quiz-cum-game based on mathematics and mental ability. The participants were judged on the basis of their skill and their ability to cope up with time. The first round was a quiz ‘Playing with numbers’ based on simple BODMAS questions with a time limit of 10 minutes. The second round was ‘The Maze’ which had questions related to each other and a bonus question. The third round was the ‘Treasure Hunt’ quiz based on quantitative aptitude. Over 100 students participated and enjoyed the event. The winners of the competition: 1st Position: Piyush (BTech), 2nd Position: Raksha (BCom), 3rd Position: Balram, MSc (Maths), were given trophies and certificates. Students who qualifed for the final round were also given certificates and participation certificates were given to all. The whole event was coordinated by Dr Anshu and Prof. Kalika Srivastava.
In its pursuit of academic excellence and to provide global exposure to students and faculty, NCU signed a Partnership Agreement for academic exchange and cooperation with Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Tokyo , a leading university of Japan, which firmly maintains in the philosophy ‘learning through practice’. Both the universities have agreed to undertake joint collaborative research, exchange of students and faculty, exchange of information and publications etc. NCU being a partner university of SIT, the students from NCU shall get full program & tuition fee waiver.
The Agreement was signed by Masato Murakami, Dr. Eng., President, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan, and Vice-Chancellor Prof. HB Raghavendra, on 7 Aug 2018, for a period of five years.
SIT maintains a strong industry academia relationship with more than 250 state of the art laboratories engaged in several multidisciplinary projects.